German sentence structure
Sentence structure of main clauses in German
In this lesson you are going to learn about the different possibilities of forming a German sentence.
Der Lehrer fragt den Schüler. - The teacher asks the student
Den Schüler fragt der Lehrer. - The student asks the teacher
How to form negative sentence in German (negation)
You use negation to form negative sentences in the German language. There are two different ways of forming these sentences by using "nicht" or "kein".
Sie geht nicht ins Kino - She does not go to the cinema
Du hast keinen Hunger. - You are not hungry
How to form questions in German
This lessons explain the usage of question-words in general and when to use and not to use them.
Woher hast du deine Brille? - From where do you have your glasses?
Hast du meine Brille gesehen? - Have you seen my glasses?
Learn about German dependent clauses
A dependent clause always depends on a main clause. Therefore, a dependent clause never occurs alone. Comparing a main clause to a dependent clause, the verb in a dependent clause is always placed at the end of a sentence.
Die Pizza, die auf dem Teller liegt, ist verbrannt. - The pizza, that is on the plate, is burnt
Der Kuchen, der ausgestellt ist, sieht schön aus. - The cake, that is displayed, looks good
Usage of German conjunctions
A conjunction is connecting words, phrases or clauses.
Wir nehmen es mit, denn wir finden es schön. - We're taking it with us, because we think it's pretty
Wir nehmen ein Taxi oder den Bus. - We're taking a cab or the bus
Wir brauchen kein Tee, sondern wir wollen Kaffee. - We don't need tea, we wont coffee
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